« September 2015 | Main | November 2015 »

October 2015 Archives

October 2, 2015

FP+ Fireworks Locations at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I photographed Illuminations and Wishes fireworks shows from FastPass+ (FP+) locations in Epcot and the Magic Kingdom on my last trip. The FP+ locations had their advantages and disadvantages which I will discuss below.

Magic Kingdom

Wishes photographed from the FP+ location in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Wishes photographed from the FP+ location in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 10.5s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod, Cropped.

The FP+ locations in the Magic Kingdom are found around the Central Plaza or Hub in the new Main Street Plaza Gardens locations in front of Casey's Corner and Plaza restaurants. I was in the one in front of the Plaza Restaurant for the Wishes photo. The big advantage to FP+ fireworks viewing locations are you are not shoulder to shoulder with other guests and there is plenty of room to setup a tripod. The people with me thought it was the best place to watch Wishes. As a photographer, there are lots of obstacles between the FP+ location and Cinderella Castle. You can see light posts and a water fountain in my photo.

Overall, for photography, I would prefer to set up on Main Street USA, near the Partners statue or from the Main Street Train Station for Wishes.

Epcot

Illuminations fireworks show in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Finale of Illuminations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 11.3s, f/16, ISO 100, EV -1.0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod.

The FP+ location for Illuminations is between the two gift shops as you walk from Future World to World Showcase. It is a slopped plaza area and is an excellent spot to both watch and photograph the show from. Being slopped, people do not mind a tripod setup as much as on Main Street USA. The slope makes it easier to photograph over people in front of a tripod, too. I set up about twenty feet from the fence you can see people lined up against.

Like at the Magic Kingdom, there are things like columns, torches and even some tall palm trees between the camera and the World Showcase Lagoon. They are not as distracting as in the Wishes photo and people are lower in frame.

For me, the Illuminations FP+ location is about as good as it gets. The only issue is you can not get on the rail along the water for safety reasons. You can set up closer in other areas along the lagoon but the angle may not be as good.

The FP+ locations for the fireworks shows are definitely something to try on your next trip whether you are photographing or just watching. Note you will have to try and get them as soon as they become available as they go quickly depending on the time of year one is visiting.

October 4, 2015

Where in the World #401

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Thank you, Sandie Albrecht and Susie Howard, for the happy 400th wishes! I'm proud of our corner in AllEars. :)

Chris Kelly hit the single digit dance! So, let's dance because he's there this week!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Jennifer Rowell, you're right: I did mention a Hidden Mickey in the Wilderness Lodge Villas lobby! On the way to the train room, look up to the ceiling beams. You'll a mouse hole where a little fella burrowed in. Looking into the mouse hole, and you'll see Mickey smiling back at you! A castmember can help you find it; that's how I know about it.
You can see him at Steve Barrett's Hidden Mickey Guide here.

Now for Challenge #400:
Where in the World #400

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

We're in Maurice's cottage at Magic Kingdom's Enchanted Tales with Belle. You can see the portrait of Belle with her mother on the right.

Jan Rosato, I didn't know it's called the Hearth Room; thank you!

Jeff Blank, I missed your trip? Mea culpa. :( On the other hand, I love your photo! You got to be one of Belle's knights! Carla C's daughter played the Beast! I haven't done anything like that but I have played enthusiastic cheerer in the audience several times. :)

The Parker Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Parkers and to all our winners this week! Ruben O'meara, Kristi Strembicki, Donna Frank, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Mary Beth Tarbet, Erin Hammer, Robert Wescovich, Melissa Such , Deb Ragno, Sam Rossman, Ed Elder, The Modecki's, Hillary Waldroop, Sandie Albrecht, Cassidy , Ellen Sullivan, Linda College, Beth Mcmeekin, Kris Nixon, Darrin Mann, Claire Gregory, Kathy B., Paul Dickson, The Kertes Family, Tricia Petty, Nan Amor, Laura, K Beasley, Sarah And Chris, The Fosbenders, Karen Schlumpf, Team Hill, Deb Gallo, Chris Kelly, Pat Schwier, Matt Wildey, Laurie Walker, Ellie Argaluza, Cynthia Hitchcock, Lori Rienhardt, John Bickers, Elaine Tomko-deluca & Aj Deluca, Phyllis, Mickey Eckert, Kerry A., Karen Taylor, Herb Miller, Jan Rosato, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Susie Howard, Maureen Handy, Jim Finley, Kyra, Christopher Thacker , Mark Donahue, Bridget, Duskin Henard, Carolyn Como, Chloe Mayhew, Jim Poplawski, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Cathy Derecola , Toni, Les Whitten, Arlene Vicek, Andrew Carrieri, Debra Kuklinski, Eric Johnson, Patrick Broaddus, Jeff & Cheryl Simmons, Josh Weiss, Maryann Romagnano, Brian Mcwithey, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Diane Curfman, Kerri Coggins, Josette Gabel, Kristan Bertelmann, Jeff Blank, Luis Rodriguez, Andrew Pettit, Stephanie Linares, Jeremy Hardy, Jeremy Reichelt, Carla C, Lyn Johnson , Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Matthew Frey, Brian Yesutis, Karen Bellamy, Annie Snodgrass, Dave Carriere, John Casey, Sheila Savage, The Filiater Family , Vera And Izzy Williams, The Gunnels Gang, Brian Miller, Mark Proper, Vicki Britt, Mark Franklin, Gabriella & Matthieu, Kelly Smith, Barclay Bakkum, Julia Wickware, Emily Hudson, Emma Ramsey, Michael Z., Caroline Burmester, Thomas Higbee Sr., Grumpy's Groupies, Theresa Maradei, Rob Blundin, Shirley Garcowski, Jackie Graebel, Tammy Cousin, Joseph M. Zafia, Michael Haeberle, George Mundy Jr, Theresa Rucando, Smitty, Melody Odonnell, Rachel Hoover, Andy Hickey, and Jackie Klafeta!

Incredibly, it's time for the monthly drawing! The September winner is Shannon ! Congratulations! I'll be emailing you to talk about getting your prize from Deb Wills!
__________________________________ _____________________

Challenge #401 Where in the world is this?

Hey, I found what could be a tough challenge for the challenge after this. Do we want to go tough?

Meanwhile, here is this week's:


Where in the World #401

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 8th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

October 6, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Test Track

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Not everyone likes to see changes at Walt Disney World. I do as I like to see today's Imagineers try to out-imagine their predesessors. Take today's Test Track in Epcot's Future World. Test Track was the successor to the World of Motion which was one of the original attractions when Epcot opened on October 1, 1982. It was a delightful ride through the history of Mankind motion from the discovery of the wheel to a breathtaking IMAX sized launch of a NASA Space Shuttle.

The first version of Test Track, call it 1.0, was about the testing of cars. The queue had all kinds of displays showing how cars, car parts and people (played by crash dummies) were tested. The ride continued the story as you rode a test vehicle through all kinds of road, environmental and high speed tests. It was very popular. Guests loved going around the banked curves at up to 65 miles per hour.

The lastest version, 2.0, of Test Track sponsored by Chevrolet is about designing vehicles. In the queue, you see all kinds of concept vehicles (like the one pictured below) and what went into their design. There are interactive displays along the way to show the start of the design: A Line. Before going on the ride, your party designs the car or truck of their dreams and take it for a ride on the Test Track.

Chevrolet concept car in the queue for Test Track in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chevrolet concept car in the queue for Test Track.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 720, EV +0.3, 32mm Focal Length.

I really like how Test Track has evolved over the years. Exactly how I feel a Disney attraction should.


October 7, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Test Track

Deb's Digest Blog

For my Test Track blog, I'm going to share a pre-opening photo and also a couple photos from the Cast Preview held in December.

This first photo is of the huge banner that was outside the pavilion during construction. Many people, myself included, were anxious to see what this new attraction was all about.

ttr3.jpg

In the Spring 1997 issue of the Magic Key Newsletter (for Magic Kingdom Club Holders) the headline said "Test Track on Track for Summer 1997! Of course, we all know now, that date slipped on by and no new attraction.

Finally in December 1997, a Cast Preview was held.

ttr18.jpg


I was very fortunate to be able to ride Test Track during the soft opening. During that time, a Test Dummy was greeting folks at the exit. I have no idea if the "Dummy" stayed around during the early days, as it was months before I would return to WDW.

ttr4.jpg

Want to relive more of the original Test Track? Visit our archives!

Or check out the lastest 2.0 version if you haven't visited in a while!

So there you have my photos (from my old film camera) for this week's Pic of the Week - Test Track!


October 9, 2015

Spaceship Earth at Night in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Before a trip to Walt Disney World, I will browse through photos on flickr and Google in search of ideas. I found this composition and put it on my shot list for the trip. Though the photo which was the inspiration for the photo of Spaceship Earth below was taken during the day, the rest of the image was similar.

Spaceship Earth at night in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Spaceship Earth at night.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Tripod, HDR Image.

Besides being photographed at night, I noticed it was hard to control the light on the top of Spaceship Earth and still get detail in the fountain and underneath the structure. That is when I decided to produce a High Dynamic Range image. I took three photos one stop apart at these shutter speeds: 15 seconds, 30 seconds and 60 seconds. Merging the photos using Photomatix Pro, created the image. This opened up the lower part of the frame while still retaining the detail of the sphere. The bonus was all the colors over the time it took to take the three photos. The long exposures created the fantasy look of the flowing water of the fountain.

Next time you are looking for photography ideas at Walt Disney World or any other travel destination, search and browse to see what others have done in the past.

October 11, 2015

Where in the World #402

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Patti Mccaffrey, you sooo deserve a Disney vacation after all you've been through.

Ed Elder! Hey! When are we going back to Disney?

Now for Challenge #401:
Where in the World #401

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

Everyone got this right! We're looking at the Lego family outside the story in Disney Springs. I almost typed Disney Marketplace. :)

My niece calls this photo “Mickey(s) and the Jaundice Family”; I still laugh over that one.

Carla C, Kelly Smith, and Don Purney went old school, discussing the area's roots as the Disney Shopping Village. And before that (I looked up the history), it was the Lake Buena Vista Shopping Village! It's certainly had plenty of name changes.

Ken Savage was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Kris Nixon, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Theresa Rucando, The Kertes Family, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Kristi Strembicki, Karen Schlumpf, Sandie Albrecht, Rob Blundin, Mary Beth Tarbet, Donna Frank, Wendy Barney, Herb Miller, Wendy T Faler, Andrea Kruszewski, Ed Elder, Grumpy's Groupies, Judy Simonsen, Diane Tredore, Melissa Such , Phyllis, Emily Hudson, Vickie Smialkowski , Ken Savage, Gloria Martin, The Parker Family, Belicia Cullen , Scott Cullen, The Gunnels Gang, Mildred Popp, John Bickers, Wade Berlin, Lori Carbonell, Sands Family, Keirsten Sangster, Deb Gallo, Kelly Sroka, The Modecki's, Laurie Walker, Team Hill, Nan Amor, Mary Pauley, Lee Anastasi, Lee Deroia, The Long Family, Jennifer Rowell, Gallagher Family, Elaine Kleinhenz, Tricia Petty, Janet Spiess, Sharon Powell, Kristan Bertelmann, Eric Berger, Lorine Landon, Pollyanna Buff, Chris Kelly , Linda Scrivano, K Beasley, Carolyn Como, Karen Ramirez , Tim Johansen, Al & Kerry Ganter, Chris Horne, Sam Goodwin, Diane Curfman, Lyn Johnson, Amy Smrekar, Sarah And Chris, Jo Campbell, Beth Mcmeekin, Suzanne Denham, Duskin Henard, Todd Johns, Kevin Jones , Patty, Les Whitten, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Sharon Runciman, Matt Wildey , Deb Ragno, Kenny, Helen, Emma Ramsey, Arlene Vicek, The Tisdale Family, Kyra, Maryann Romagnano, Christi Ison, Barbara Ajak, Annette Nuenke, The Cousin Family, Jim Finley, Craig Livingston, Carla C, Bob Patterson, James Steele, Kerri Kobylka, Stefanie Vandiver, Jen Tremley, Otts Family, Leach Family, Theresa Maradei, Adam Lucas, Mary Ann Lamay, Michaela O'brien , Mobrien993@aol.com, Mickey Eckert, Jan Rosato, Dave Freemyer , Scott Mcbride, Hillary Waldroop, Ruben Omeara, Karen Taylor , Maureen Handy, Susie Howard, Jennifer Pichert, Elaine Tomko-deluca , Jim Curley, Ruth Woodhouse, Michael Haeberle, Paul Newman, Daniel Record, The Fosbenders, Angela Johns, Angie Winter, Lindsey Burden, Tina Gottron, Paul Dickson, Eric Johnson, Dee Dee Kenney, Kerry A., Linda College, Sarah , Hunter Armstrong, Mark Donahue, Don Purney, Stefan Owens, Wayne Chadourne, Scott Greenbaum, Rachel Mancini, Bill Mckim, Vicki Britt, Claire Gregory, Chloe Mayhew, Josh Weiss, Martha Collins, Lori Rienhardt, Kyran Smith, Michael Thomas, Vickie Barca, Les Stewart, Mike Malampy( Malampy Benco Family), Dennis O'reilly, Melissa Rymer, Bruce Hinterleitner, Doug Olson Family, Bob Hendrix, Gabriella & Matthieu, Darlene Roma, Jeff Blank, Russ Morgan, Rachel Rudolph , Kerri Coggins, Luis Rodriguez, Kristyn Scibienski, Olga Vorontsova, Cathy Connors, Jennifer Snook, Chuck Everson, Morag Lemon, Brian Mcwithey, Kelly Smith, Liz Mckinnell, Matt Holley, Lisa Collymore, Bethany Angermaier, Joe Pfrangle, Zachary Ott, Melody Odonnell, Paul Ignudo, Tricia Noble, Rob Jacob, Karrie Duffey, Teri Michalski, Christopher Hall, Carri Marotto, Jeremy Reichelt, Jamie Poynton, George Mundy Jr, Kata Jones, Clay Anthony, Barclay Bakkum, Tommy Montgomery, Patrick Broaddus, Patti Mccaffrey, Matt Earl, Jen Cerce , Roye Ann Morris, Alison Rosenberger, Lori Ferrigan, Karen Fortuna, Andrew Pettit, Mark Proper, Stephanie Linares, Smity, Janet T Thorn, Ldp, Meghan Gleason-vollmer, Renee Hardiman, Heidi Goodhue, Mark Hardy, Megan Krainski, Ashley Collins, Mike Mondoux , Dave Carriere, Lenz Family, Barb S, The Filiater Famly, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Tanya Geary, Josette Gabel, The Yorks, Bonnie Jean , Brenda Atkinson , Double Family, Jamie Steiner, Maja K., Tammy Warmouth, Kathryn Hughes, Eric Enli, Linda Grau, Jo Ann Bailey, Sheila Bagg, Don Purney, Jennifer Hess, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, Michael Bailey, David Ballard, Joseph M. Zafia, Jason Skow, Cheryl Chambers, Jackie Graebel, Pinder Family, Maryann Daly, Tom Higbee, Lisa Higgs, Robin Meredyk, Jillian Lassiter, Lisa Cash, Jodie S., Erin Hammer, Jamesd (dzneynut), Jane Johnson, Jodi Cook, Cheryl Costello, Margie Larmon, and Shirley Garcowski!
__________________________________ _____________________

Challenge #402 Where in the world is this?

Here's the ridiculous thing: I didn't save the photo that I intended for this week's tough challenge. LOL! I can just imagine if any Player met Deb Wills. You'd probably say, “About Erin:”
Smiley from Millan.Net

But I think I found another tough challenge.

Where is this water?
Where in the World #402

Just kidding! Here's the new challenge:

Where in the World #402

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 15th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

October 13, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: The Land

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

The Land pavilion in Epcot's Future World is the home to the popular Soarin' ride. It is also the home to the best and healthiest quick service restaurant, Sunshine Seasons. After checking out the wall menu (see below), you can get your food at one of the stations. With such a variety, everyone traveling with you should find something good to eat.

The wall menu for Sunshine Seasons counter service restaurant at The Land in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The wall menu for Sunshine Seasons counter service restaurant in The Land pavilion.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 4500, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length.

I find Sunshine Seasons a nice alternative to the other quick service locations at Walt Disney World.


October 14, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: The Land

Deb's Digest Blog

Let's do another Step Back in Time. This black and white photo is from a press kit I own called "The Land, Presented by Kraft". It only has three photos but lots of press releases about the pavilion.

When the Land opened on October 1, 1982, the highlights were:

Listen to the Land Boat ride
Harvest Theater - playing Symbiosis
Farmers Market (counter service dining)
The Good Turn Restaurant (now known as Garden Grill)
The Kitchen Kabaret

My photo of the week is of the Kitchen Kabaret, a musical revue on basic nutrition featured at The Land,

land-kk.jpg

Learn more about Kitchen Kabaret in our Epcot Archives!

Til next week.....

October 18, 2015

Where in the World #403

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Congratulations to Hannah Kertes on being accepted to the Disney College Program! You achieved something big and I hope it leads to more big, positive milestones in your future!
Smiley from Millan.Net

You are so much fun, Players. You actually guessed at the water picture! So I'll show you where it is.

The thumbnail:
Where in the World #402

And here's the answer:
Where in the World #402

Crescent Lake!

Now for Challenge #402:
Where in the World #402

Nobody got this and that's because I made it impossible instead of tough. It's all in how I make the thumbnail. So here's another chance at it. Fair is fair:

Where in the World #402


__________________________________ _____________________

Challenge #403 Where in the world is this?

We're still going to do a new challenge too. This might be a detail you never noticed (I haven't), but even so, the clue is what you're looking at.

Where in the World #403

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 22nd, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

October 20, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Like Test Track, The Seas with Nemo and Friends evolved from the original The Living Seas pavilion which opened with Epcot back in 1982. The popularity of the movie, Finding Nemo, made the transition an easy one for Disney. It was nice to see people of all ages enjoying this pavilion on my last visit.

A Yellow Tang swims in one of the aquariums inside The Seas with Nemo and Friends in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A Yellow Tang swims in one of the aquariums inside The Seas with Nemo and Friends.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 3600, EV 0, 85mm Focal Length.

Which character in Finding Nemo was a Yellow Tang and where did we first see it?


October 21, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: The Seas with Nemo and Friends

Deb's Digest Blog

As Scott mentioned yesterday, the Seas with Nemo and Friends was an evolution of the Living Seas pavilion. The remake was quite refreshing offering new ways to learn about the sea and breathe life into what was once a tired, old poorly attended Living Seas pavilion. The overall theme is now tied into the animated feature "Finding Nemo"! It was officially dedicated in January 2007.

I love the themeing of this area outside and inside. One of my favorite exterior locations is where the Sea Gulls are... as they chant "Mine Mine Mine"..... Thus, my photo for Pic of the Week: The Seas with Nemo and Friends

seaswithnemo.jpg

Be sure to check back next week for more Disney Pic of the Weeks Featuring Epcot!!

October 23, 2015

Vacation Photography at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

While I take the time to do all types of photography when I visit Walt Disney World. My family is around often being patient as I set up a shot or look for a different angle. I want to thank them this week.

So, for those who remember them, I want you to imagine settling in on a friend's couch as she/he gets out the slide projector to show you their Walt Disney World Vacation photos. Ready? Here we go...

As a family when visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios, we are always on the lookout for members of the Citizens of Hollywood. The day after the Labor Day holiday, it seems the Streetmosphere characters were on hiatus. Walking through Pixar Place, we happened upon a group of improv entertainers who were looking for actors to star in their production of Aladdin. My daughter "volunteered" to play Jasmine and was given a stuffed tiger named (you guessed it), Rajah.

A young woman poses with an improv group after helping them with a skit at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young woman poses with an improv group after helping them with a skit at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/125s, f/5, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

After the skit was done, I quickly asked the group if they would pose for a photo with my daughter. If you or a member of your touring party are ever in a show, try and ask if you can take a photo with the cast member or members after the show. Sometimes it is not possible but, as you can see, these guys were more than happy to comply with my request.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is one ride I feel comfortable taking photos on. I make sure to secure my camera. For the photo below, I asked the Cast Member loading the train if my family could ride in a car behind me and I would need an empty row in that car. My request has honored because it was a slow day with little wait times. A wide angle lens is a good choice on a ride as you do not have to be as careful aiming it. I put my camera in Shutter Priority mode and set it to 1/250th of a second to cut down on camera shake on the wildest ride in the wilderness.

A family riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A family riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/250s, f/2.8, ISO 140, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

Having said all that the photo I liked best was during the slow climb up one of hills showing my family with Big Thunder Mountain Railroad spreading out all around them.

After visiting two parks in one day, we decided to check out the new Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort to relax with a couple of adult beverages and be entertained by the lively Cast Members who know how to serve a drink.

Mother and daughter share a laugh in Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mother and daughter sharing a laugh in Trader Sam's Grog Grotto at Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/10s, f/2.8, ISO 10000, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

I captured one of those moments Disney loves to use in their advertising as my wife and daughter share a laugh with a cool drink after a hot day in the parks.

After shopping at Downtown...excuse me, Disney Springs, we returned to the Magic Kingdom the next day. While waiting for our dining reservation time, we found the Sword in the Stone in front of the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel in Fantasyland all by itself. For adults, this was an opportunity we could not pass up and took turns trying to pull the sword.

A young couple tries to pull the sword from the stone in front of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young couple tries to pull the sword from the stone in front of Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length, Cropped.

Sadly, we found out none of us were of royal blood but came away with fun photos before allowing another family a chance at the sword.

As the time of our dining time approached, we were escorted inside the Beast's Castle and the Be Our Guest restaurant. The wide angle lens gave me compositional choices as I photographed my family ahead of me.

A family enters the Beast's Castle for dinner at the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A family enters the Beast's Castle for dinner at the Be Our Guest restaurant in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 10000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, Cropped.

We enjoyed a very good meal in the West Wing.

Two days later, we went back to Disney's Polynesian Village Resort for breakfast at Kona Café. While I ordered my usual Tonga Toast, my Son-In-Law went with the Big Kahuna platter.

A young man shows off his Big Kahuna breakfast entree at the Kona Café in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young man shows off his Big Kahuna breakfast entree at the Kona Café in Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 900, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length, Flash.

After filling up at breakfast, my eldest daughter and I went over to Disney's Animal Kingdom while the rest of the family went back to our resort's pool. They missed out as walking down one of the Discovery Island trails near the Tree of Life, we meet up with Tarzan.

A young woman poses with Tarzan, the Ape Man, on one of the Discovery Island trails near the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young woman poses with Tarzan, the Ape Man, on one of the Discovery Island trails near the Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 400, EV 0, 42mm Focal Length.

What was interesting with Tarzan was you could not see him unless you walked down the trail. I checked later and he was listed on the park's times schedule. Look for him on your next visit to Disney's Animal Kingdom.

It was a rainy, dreary morning the next day as we made our way to the Boardwalk resort area to catch NFL Sunday at the ESPN Club. While we waited for the restaurant to open we spent some time at the Beach and Yacht Club resorts. My wife had told me she wanted a photo of her with our daughters. With two of them being travel agents and another who travels a lot for her job, the large antique globe in Disney's Yacht Club Resort's lobby was a fitting place for the photo.

Mother and her daughters in Disney's Yacht Club Resort lobby, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Mother and her daughters in Disney's Yacht Club Resort lobby.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 1000, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

Looking at this photo now, I wish I had featured the globe more by either having my wife sit in a chair so she was lower or have the three of them surround the globe. The concept was sound, the execution was a bit off. Will have to re-visit this one in the future.

After spending a few hours watching football (yeah, the Green Bay Packers won!) and eating through ESPN Club's menu, I took this photo for my daughter and Son-In-Law on the much improved afternoon outside the restaurant with their favorite team's jerseys on.

A young sports-minded couple outside the ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A young sports-minded couple outside the ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/11, ISO 140, EV 0, 36mm Focal Length.

Now, this photo I like a lot as it tied the sports theme together nicely as they are both big fans.

I hope I did not bore you. Wanted to show you while I do enjoy going the extra mile to get good travel photos at Walt Disney World, I love my family, too. Until next week...Aloha!

October 25, 2015

Where in the World #404

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Happy Halloween!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Susie Howard and Duskin Henard, my Players are the best!
Smiley from Millan.Net

Jim Finley, am I supposed to feel bad that you're getting over three days at the Food and Wine festival? Because... you know what? We're in this together: all for one and one for all. I hope you got over those 3 days. :)

Now for Challenge #402:
Where in the World #402

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer

Pedestrian Crossing sign at Chester and Hester's Dino Rama at Disney's Animal Kingdom!

Tim Johansen was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Kerry A., Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Sandie Albrecht, Daniel Record, Eric Berger, Carol Ney, Linda Ranatza, Team Hill, Christi Ison, Smitty, Chris, Gretchen, and Katie Barnes, Deb Ragno, The Modecki's, Kathy Huckabee, Laurie Walker, Gabriella & Matthieu, Deb Ragno, Kim , Kris Nixon, Sands Family, Dee Dee Kenney, Luis Rodriguez, Dave Freemyer, Leach Family, Care, Janet T Thorn, Mark Donahue, Claire Gregory, Lisa O'meara, The Rider Family, Linda College, Grumpy's Groupies, Grumpy's Groupies, Cheryl Costello, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jim Finley, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Paul Dickson, Mickey Eckert, Emily Hudson, Andrew Carrieri, Emily Hudson, Wendy T Faler, Maureen Handy, Mike Haeberle, Jamesd (dzneynut), Sharon Powell, Jeremy Reichelt, Hunter Armstrong, Deborah Wolfe, Sarah Thomas, Karen Bellamy, Mark Hardy, Rob Blundin, Susie Howard, The Gunnels Gang, Duskin Henard, Kristi Strembicki, Jodie S., Linda Ranatza, Arlene Vicek, Diane Curfman, Joseph M. Zafia, Don Purney, Jackie Graebel, Theresa Rucando, Vicki Britt, and Jeff Blank!

Now for Challenge 403
Where in the World #403

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Barrie Brewer

Toluca Legs Turkey Co. in Disney's Hollywood Studios!

Deborah Wolfe, one of the best comments ever!

Deb Ragno, Laurie Walker, I hear ya. :)

Christina Rotella, you're right; Barrie originally posted this years ago. I thought it was a good one to bring back. :)

Ed Suscreba was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Kerry A., Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kristan Bertelmann, Team Hill, Kristi Strembicki, Linda Ranatza, Christi Ison, Carol Ney, Smitty, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Deb Ragno, The Modecki's, Laurie Walker, Kim , Sands Family, Dee Dee Kenney, Luis Rodriguez, Janet T Thorn, Mark Donahue, Claire Gregory, Lisa O'meara, Grumpy's Groupies, Grumpy's Groupies, Cheryl Costello, Mary Beth Tarbet, Dawn Bach, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Paul Dickson, Emily Hudson, Maureen Handy, Theresa Maradei, Ben Briggs, Jamesd (dzneynut), Jennifer Pichert, Jamie Poynton, Jeremy Reichelt, Hunter Armstrong, Sarah Thomas, Rob Blundin, Susie Howard, Nan Amor, The Gunnels Gang, Duskin Henard, Tom Higbee Sr., Christina Rotella, Axel Beer, Andreas Beer, Don Purney, and Jackie Graebel!
__________________________________ _____________________

Challenge #404 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks! Hey, look! A Hidden Mickey!

Where in the World #404

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, October 29th, by clicking on the blue box below.

Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you soon, Players!

Click Here to Submit Your Answer
_______________________________________________________________________

Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEars® goodies!

October 27, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Spaceship Earth

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Though we continue with Epcot, Deb and I are now going to be sharing photos of each Walt Disney World park "castle" or icon for the next four weeks. Starting with Spaceship Earth.

Like a grand and miraculous spaceship, our planet has sailed through the universe of time; and for a brief moment we have been among it's passengers.

So begins the narrative as people travel through time and space inside Spaceship Earth. Riding in time machine vehicles, guests learn about the history of human communication and how it has served to take Man from caves to today's technology, which allows us to get information and to communicate almost instantly anywhere on Earth. Spaceship Earth was the first ride I went on in Epcot and still remains one of my favorites even as the script and the ride technology has changed over the years.

Late day sunlight mixes with lighting on Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Late day sunlight mixes with lighting on Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/Tokina 1-28mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 5000, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

Tomorrow, Deb is going to take you for a trip back in time to the beginning of Spaceship Earth.


October 28, 2015

Disney Pic of the Week: Spaceship Earth

Deb's Digest Blog

In order to keep construction employees and support personal working at the Epcot Center Site well informed, a publication entitled "Epcot Center Construction News" was published periodically beginning February 1982. The 4 page basically black and white publication was full of construction photos including many of the employees.

This photo of Spaceship Earth under construction is from the initial publication. I hope you enjoy it.

My collection of this publication has several holes. If anyone has other issues of this publication and is willing to send me scans, please contact me via the comment form below and I'll email you back. Much appreciated!

SE.jpg

October 30, 2015

Halloween at Disney

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Disney loves holidays and Halloween is one of its favorites. At Disneyland, every year the Haunted Mansion gets transformed into Haunted Mansion Holiday where Jack Skellington and the rest of the Halloweentown gang take over in a very popular ride transformation.

Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland in Anaheim, California
Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/160s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV 0, 15mm Focal Length.

Even on the high seas, Disney Cruise Line celebrates with the Pumpkin Tree legend. A nice treat for guests with no tricks.

Elaborately carved pumpkins accompany the Pumpkin Tree on the Disney Dream, Disney Cruise Line
Elaborately carved pumpkins accompany the Pumpkin Tree on the Disney Dream.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 4000, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Back on dry land, Walt Disney World has Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party allowing people of all ages to enjoy the fun of the holiday.

Sign outside the Magic Kingdom entrance advertising Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Sign outside the Magic Kingdom entrance advertising Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 38mm Focal Length.

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

Return to Blog Central

About October 2015

This page contains all entries posted to Picture This! in October 2015. They are listed from oldest to newest.

September 2015 is the previous archive.

November 2015 is the next archive.

Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.